Tales from the Twisted Tunnels: 1st-edition-inspired reboot Sept 22, 2018 19:07:35 GMT -5 mormonyoyoman likes this
Post by gaptooth on Sept 22, 2018 19:07:35 GMT -5
Kind of. Skills are just what I'm calling the "Prime Attributes". The idea is to emphasize that all the skills you need are baked into your basic abilities.
The "reeling" mechanic kicks in most often when you get taken by surprise, overwhelmed with enemies, or the enemy otherwise hits you when you can't fight back. In those cases it's very deadly—as it should be.
The reason it doesn't come up as much in straight-up dueling is that the damage you take in one Clash is generally low. If you weren't ambushed or surrounded, then trading and parrying blows isn't as devastating.
It's still decisive, though, because the game rarely produces ties—never yet in my testing. And ablative armor means that there is still a toll from getting hit, even if it's not your Con that is counting down.
No, I haven't updated those pages in quite a long time. I am updating the playtest PDF just about every day now, and I will keep uploading the latest revisions to the link I sent you when I make major updates.
The way it works mechanically has changed since I last updated the rules on my blog, but this is still essentially the same: Weapons determine your fictional advantage relative to the other fighters, if any. If your weapon doesn't offer any advantage over your opponent, and your enemy's weapon doesn't give them an advantage, then you both roll all your fighting dice.
I've considered, tested, and resolved not to use an advantage/disadvantage mechanic like the one in D&D 5th edition, though. Instead, not having the right weapon for the current situation makes you helpless—which is the main time you get hit hard. You can always use planning, tactics, stunts, and ad-hoc maneuvers to try to change the conditions of engagement, though.
Awesome, thank you! The link is sent. I'd love to hear any feedback you have. I won't be spamming you with updates, unless you ask me for notifications when I make major revisions.
Edit: I wanted to add, I might have answered some other questions in my previous post on this thread, which happened to fall on the previous page of this one.